Cormier staying with Jets

Brendan McCarthy
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Klingberg re-assigned twice on Monday

It must have been a paper plane.    
Patrice Cormier travelled half a continent and back over the weekend without really going anywhere.
Cormier was recalled to the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets on Monday, just a couple of days after having been assigned to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps. But really, Cormier didn’t have to go anywhere.

While he had been returned to St. John’s on paper, he never left Winnipeg. The non-move was precautionary as Jets captain Adam Ladd’s wife was expecting a baby, and indeed, the Ladds welcomed their second child, a girl, on Sunday. As a result, Ladd stayed in Winnipeg to be with his growing family while his teammates travelled to Dallas for Monday night’s game against the Stars. It was the first game Ladd has missed in his time as a Jet.

As a result, Cormier was officially recalled by Winnipeg, although it was simply a paper transaction and probably only required a beckoning finger and a few words at the Jets’ practice.

Nevertheless, the IceCaps did actually lose a player Monday, although like Cormier’s reassignment, it was temporary .... just in reverse.

Winger Carl Klingberg was also called up by Winnipeg, presumably because Dustin Byfuglien was questionable for Monday’s game. However, at just about the same time as Byfuglien was listed as good to go and pencilled into the Jets’ starting lineup, the Jets announced Klingberg was being sent back.

It marks the second time this season that the 23 year-old Swede, who has 19 goals and 17 assists and a plus-15 rating in 57 games with St. John’s, has been recalled to Winnipeg, only to be sent back almost immediately without having seen any game action.

Before Ladd’s absence, Winnipeg was already missing forwards Mark Scheifele, Chris Thorburn and James Wright to long-term injuries. Ladd is expected to be back for Thursday’s game in San Jose against the Sharks.

The IceCaps, who have won four straight and 13 of their last 14 games, next play Wednesday, when they take on the Crunch in Syracuse, N.Y.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Jets, IceCaps

Geographic location: Winnipeg, Dallas, San Jose

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